EDSA anniversary rites to be held in Cebu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2014 04:41 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2014 01:56 AM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) This year's anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution will be held in Cebu, which, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, was an important opposition stronghold during the tumultuous martial law period.

Coloma added that the traditional "Salubungan," a reenactment of the meeting of the military and civilians on the historic EDSA highway, which was an important turning point during the People Power revolt, will also be held in Cebu.

This comes after President Benigno Aquino III decided to visit the country's disaster-hit provinces as part of the annual commemorations of the 1986 uprising that led to the downfall of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Prior to the celebration in Cebu, Aquino will visit Cateel in Davao Oriental, one of the places severely affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2011. Coloma said the President will check on the rehabilitation process in the area, as well as the condition of the newly-built communities.

Aquino will also visit Loon in Bohol to check on the condition of the residents four months after the deadly earthquake hit the province.

After the commemoration of the People Power revolution, Aquino will head to Bantayan Island, one of the places in Cebu that was severely damaged by Typhoon Yolanda.

From Bantayan, the President will go to Guiuan, Eastern Samar and Tanauan, Leyte. He will also check on the projects of the Department of Health in Tacloban before going back to Manila.

On Monday, a wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremony will be held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, to be led by former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the heroes of the EDSA Revolution. He will be joined by EDSA People Power Commission vice chairman Jose "Titoy" Pardo.

The event will officially open the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA revolt.

Cebu is ready

Some 3,000 students from the University of Cebu, Cebu Normal University and Cebu Technological University will join the reenactment for "Salubungan" on February 25 in Cebu. The students will represent the civilians who marched and met with the Philippine military.

Provincial Capitol's spokesperson, Ethel Natera said the students will be led by Senator Bam Aquino and will march from Osmeña Boulevard to Cebu Capitol grounds.

Meanwhile, 800 members of the Central Command will march along with YesPinoy Foundation chairman and actor, Dingdong Dantes, from the Capitol parish to the Capitol grounds.

The symbolic giving of flowers and flaglets by the civilians to the members of the Military will be done in front of the Capitol.

Natera said the event will start promptly at 8 a.m. as the President needs to leave early. Aquino is expected to be in Bantayan Island at 10 a.m. before leaving for Palo, Leyte.

Undersecretary Jose Mari Oquiñena of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said they are already in the polishing stage in their preparations, although the concerned offices will still have to meet on Monday for a final briefing. -- With a report from Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Cebu